World Fantasy Con!

#WFC44/#wcf2018 is almost upon us—and with it, I’ve officially made it to my sixth and final con of the year. Here's where you can find me:

Sat, 3p - The Future of Fantasy (w/ Brenda Clough, Kelly Dwyer and Nora E. Derrington) Sat, 10p - Reading in Guilford

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Baltimore Book Festival

Second-last con of the year! ALMOST THERE.

Baltimore Book Festival; Baltimore, September 29-30

I've Seen Your Face Before: Saturday, 4:00 pm.

From John Kessel's Pride & Prometheus to Victor LaValle's "The Ballad of Black Tom" to Maria Dahvana Headley's The Mere Wife to our panelists' own work, authors discuss how it can be a fascinating and rewarding experiment to ask new questions of others' characters, and to take a page from their stylebooks. What does it take to put a new spin on a character readers recognize?

LGBTQIASFF: Saturday, 5:00 pm.

LGBTQIA voices are everywhere in modern SF/F, re-examining the genres and giving them new life. Our panel discusses the state of queer SF/F, where it's going, where we want it to go, and who and what you should be reading.

The Speculative Table: Beyond Stew and MREs: Saturday, 6:00 pm.

Every character needs to eat, but food is more than just sustenance. It interacts with culture, identity, class, gender, and power. How does SFF deal with those intersections? Which books acknowledge the effort (or future ease?) of putting food on the table? Whose menus are represented, and why?

UNDead Genres: Marginalized Writers Reinvigorate Tired Tropes: Sunday, 6:00 pm. 

There are some subgenres we think we've probably read enough of… until somebody comes along with a spin on that story that elevates it out of cliché and makes it new again.

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Well, I told myself I was going to use my OPT year to the utmost, and apparently that means going to six conventions this year. (The Nebulas, WisCon and ReaderCon, so far.) Next on my docket: WorldCon! Come say hi if you'll be there!

WorldCon 76; San Jose, CA, Aug 16-20

Reading: Fireside Magazine: Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 211A (San Jose Convention Center)

The Culinary Speculative: Food In Fiction: Friday 12:00 - 13:00, 210C (San Jose Convention Center)

Food is crucial to identity, and also intersects heavily with class, gender, and power. How does speculative fiction engage with these intersections? How do we use food as a lens to examine cultural narratives, or even to move beyond dominant Western narratives--for instance, who gets to decide what's a delicacy and what's disgusting? Whose appetites are catered to, and whose are labeled monstrous?

The Shape of Horror: Sunday 14:00 - 15:00, 210C (San Jose Convention Center)

An editor once said that horror is visceral, but more than that, it involves a moment when the protagonist could have made another choice. How much of horror is about structure vs. gore? In the spectrum of fiction, what takes a piece of speculative fiction and makes it horror?



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WisCon 42

I'll be at WisCon 42, in Madison, between May 25-28th, 2018! This'll be my third time attending, and also my very first time being on programming, so I can't wait (and am absolutely not nervous at all, nope, not me). My schedule looks like this:

Lessons for the Not-Quite-Pro Writer : Sat, 10:00–11:45 am. Location: CIRC.

I still need to type up a proper description for this, because I'm terrible like that, but this is essentially going to be a Q&A slash discussion session for what I fondly refer to as 'baby writers', myself included; things to know when you're starting out, how the submissions game works, etc.

#OwnVoices - Opportunities And Obligations, Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm. Location: Capitol A

With the rise of the #ownvoices conversation, there is increasing emphasis on stories being told by members of relevant communities. This is AWESOME and presents people with new opportunities. But it can also create a feeling of obligation in writers who belong to underrepresented communities - do we ALWAYS have to tell stories that are about ourselves and our communities? Will any of us ever just get to be? This panel will discuss #ownvoices, the continuing importance of representation, and the satisfaction of telling your own story. But it will also make room for discussing the more difficult aspects, like dealing with outsiders who STILL want to tell your story, feeling like you have to rep your whole community, and the dilemma of writing #ownvoices or not.

We Are What We Eat, Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm. Location: Assembly.

How and where we get our food says a lot about us, as does what we eat. From Bilbo's seed cake to tea in the Radch authors have been using food to tell us about the history and culture of their worlds. Food can tell us a lot in few details. What type of grains people eat tells us about the agriculture and a labor that keeps the society going. Character attitudes to "vat meat" tell us about the cultures ideas about animals. Food prep is also work traditionally done by women so how a culture treats food can tell us about the role of women. Let's discuss the various instances where food plays an integral part in the stories we read.

I'll also be hanging out at Glittership's table in the dealer's room some of the time, so come say hi!

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